Ministers To Visit Gwadar, Meet Protestors After PM Takes Notice Of Sit-In

Ministers To Visit Gwadar, Meet Protestors After PM Takes Notice Of Sit-In
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said that Ministers Asad Umar and Zubaida Jalal Khan will visit Gwadar to hold talks with the protestors who have been holding a sit-in against rights violations in the region for almost a month.

He added that PM Khan had already taken notice of the matter and the demands of the protesters were being considered solemnly.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the ‘very legitimate demands’ of Gwadar’s fishermen, saying that strong action will be taken against illegal trawling in the area.

PM Imran had tweeted, “I have taken notice of the very legitimate demands of the hardworking fishermen of Gwadar. Will be taking strong action against illegal fishing by trawlers.”

Protestors from Pishkan, Gwadar, Zamran, Turbat, Pasni, Buleda and Ormara are participating in the sit-in. They have vowed to continue their protest till their demands are met. Launched almost a month ago, 'Gwadar Ko Haq Do’ movement is led by Balochistan’s general secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman.

The protesters have presented 19 demands; including taking actions to free the sea of the ‘trawler mafia’ enabling fishermen to openly go into the waters. They have also demanded the removal of token system at the Pak-Iran border and to dispel inessential security check posts which is a hindrance in the movement of locals.

The protestors lament that most of the people employed by the China Overseas Port Holding Company were from outside of Gwadar and their arrival has stolen locals' livelihoods. Furthermore, the protesters are also seeking basic facilities like health, education, and infrastructure in all cities of Balochistan.